Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging, or otherwise!

December 30: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

What shall the New Year bring for The Kid? Well, I’m not quite sure but I’m going to try my hardest making some good goals! 2015 could bring a world of endless bookish possibilities!

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Reading Challenge…

Let’s do even better than 2014. Since I started challenging myself in 2013, I’ve out-read myself and each year go a little higher. While the year isn’t quite over JUST yet, I’m probably done for official reading and what a success it’s been! Going over 35 books in 2013, I’ve gone over my 50 books challenge for 2014. 2015 I’m going to try for 75.

Don’t ignore…

My habit is terrible that when I get excited for a book I buy it, and then by the time I get it, a new book is my highly anticipated pushing back the previous one. It’s a cycle that’s never ending and I want to be excited for a book, get my hands on it, and go for it! No dusty shelves.

Be careful…

I’ve gotten the lecture a hundred, no thousands of times! Because I’m not a hardcore blogger, I get my hands on only a few ARCs so I end up purchasing some titles which…whoops, bank account, how did you end up empty? I need to save and spend wisely. This will probably go right out the window, but maybe try this for at least 6 months if not the whole year. Or maybe one month at a time.

Get ready…

I’ve debated on trying to go to BEA for the last few years and it’s on my list again of conferences I’d love to attend! But again I need to save. And I have to find roomies, but it’s entirely possible to try this upcoming year.

Purge my shelves…

There are a bunch of books that I’ve read that I’m okay with parting with so it’s probably time I reorganize and donate to those who really could benefit from a good book. Pass it along

Conquer the running path…

I’ve paid for my half-marathon at the end of March as well as my 15K a week later in April so I NEED to get myself to running heaven! The most I’m at (when I was in decently peak-performance) was running 9.1 miles…I need to be ready for 13.1 and I have the drive but I can’t let frustration get at me.

Be kind to one’s self…

In order to deal with Real Life Goal 1, Real Life Goal 2 is pretty vital. When running one needs discipline and I have it, I just have a habit of obtaining it and then throwing it away. Then my frustration sets in and it’s the worst. I have to follow through and push forward.

Carry On…

Life goals of simply getting a job that I see myself liking more, better pay, and moving out are always at the top of my list. But at 28, I really REALLY need to get the ball rolling.

Patience…

I lack it. I get so easily annoyed. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I have so many setbacks that I deal with I bring it on myself.


Move On…

I have several friends, real life and online, that we either don’t keep in touch, things are just falling apart, and I don’t want to be caught up in that. Drama is lame and if you don’t have the guts to treat me with respect, I’m going to drop you. You shouldn’t be offended because we created this. We both played a part in losing who we were to each other and I’m coming to terms with, we just have different priorities. You need to be okay with that too.

GOAL FOR ALWAYS???? BLOG WAY MORE AND GET AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!! KEEP READING AND KEEP UPDATING!

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Grand Finale of 2014

What a year it has been! 2014 has been full of exciting events, fangirl-ing meet-and-greets at author signings, and the most obvious of all– reading and buying some awesome novels 🙂 I wanted to take a little time to pick apart just how much fun went on in 2014 what I was very lucky to experience. A little therapeutic year in review if you will. Let’s step turn back time and wander down memory lane . . . .

ALAMW in Philadelphia BookCon 2014 YA Runs a 5K
Isla Is Coming Blog Tour Brooklyn Book Festival YALLFest

ALA Midwinter, Philadephlia •BookCon 2014 • YA Runs a 5K • Isla Is Coming Blog Tour • Brooklyn Book Festival • YALLFest
Rainbow Rowell • David Levithan • Stephanie Perkins • Sarah J. Maas • Susan Dennard • Tiffany Reisz • Jenny Han • Laini Taylor • Lauren Oliver • Matthew Quick • Sarah Dessen

Julie Cross • Sarah J. Maas • Rebecca Serle • Marie Rutkoski • Leila Howland
I’m so happy I was able to be introduced to these authors this year! Since I’ve become a more avid reader, these names and titles had been thrown around so I was super excited to finally read these awesome stories 🙂
         
These novels are actually all on my shelf, currently, most sadly collecting dust, but they’re there! They’re just waiting to be read and I’m hoping 2015 is the year I tackle more of my shelves! I’m going to participate in the Bout of Books the first week in January so I plan on putting a few of these titles in my mix and see if I can conquer and divide 😉

    
While I continue to dust off my shelves I think I might try and re-read a few of my favorites. In the past few years, Stephanie Perkins’ novels, Just One Day, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The DUFF are a few books that come to mind that I’ve decided to go back again to read again. Most are relevant to book to film but some are just classic favorites that I never tire of; now I’d like to aim to add a few more to this list to keep them company 🙂
    
I’m so incredibly guilty of starting things and never finishing them. Just look in my closet and find like 8 scrapbooks–all started and have a good chunk done but not fully complete. Well I do the same with book series. I have several I’m still into but just haven’t purchased or gotten copies of the book yet. I want to also note I’m super OCD about my books, so there are standards: some series are just good and they can be in paperback or kindle, some are so spectacular I *NEED* them in hardcover, and some I can just borrow from others so it can get difficult finishing them because of said rules I put on book buying/borrowing.

Last 1.75 books in Daughter of Smoke & Bone series • The Assassin’s Blade in Throne of Glass series • Shattered in the Slated series • Crashing Into You in the Pushing the Limits series • Gillian Flynn books
    
and last but not least….one category left!
Seriously if I don’t buy these books this year I will be so sad 😦 *cries all the bookish tears*
    

SEE YOU READING IN 2-0-1-5!

xx Linz aka The Kid

 

Bout of Books 12 ….Happy Reading in 2015!


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. 

Bout of Books

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/5
Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt — Caught Read Handed
New Year’s Resolutions — The Book That…

Tuesday 1/6
Top 10 Recommendations — Trees of Reverie

Wednesday 1/7
Character Coupling — Writing My Own Fairy Tale

Thursday 1/8
The Synopsis Challenge — LuLo Fangirl
Create a Playlist — Daring Damsels

Friday 1/9
Describe Your Book in Pictures — The Book Monsters

Saturday 1/10
Literary Quote Challenge — Gone with the Words
Rewrite the Story — A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Sunday 1/11
My (dysfunctional) Book Family — Auggie Talk
#insixwords Challenge — Falling Down the Book Hole

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC)
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Books that I’m aiming to read for Bout of Books 12 Challenge are:

Wish me luck!! A big goal but I’m ready to get my read on! xx Linz aka The Kid

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa Please Gift to Me!

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December 23: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Oh dear lord, where to start?

I mean the joys of Christmas are endless but there is nothing like knowing a gift card is wrapped up all nicely or a heavy-ish rectangle object is ready to get torn into, knowing the gift of reading awaits you on that delightful holiday morning! With that comes a wish list of sorts and while my TBR list is probably not as long as others, it’s got some gems on there that I wish could magically appear under my tree bestowed upon me from that right jolly old elf!

  

(we have a fireplace that has a remote control to turn on in a jiffy! Santa would be crisp bacon if he tried getting in that LOL!)

   
Oh god I’ve had these in my cart for forever on Fishpond! SOMEONE GIVE ME MONIES TO BUY!

   

Seriously, see above! I just neeeeed these in my life!! I hear awesome things & I wanna know!

I haven’t dove into reading comics but this one I’ve been hearing great things and Marvel anything with a female character just sounds awesome!

I saw buzz on Twitter about this in October but I had to save for a trip and my niece’s bday, which then there’s saving for Christmas so I opted to hold off but the plot is really intriguing! Again heard great things

With the anticipation of Winger’s sequel cover finally revealed, I really enjoy Andrew’s work and this is a title that’s been on my list for a while! Would love to read more from him

Again, another one of those series that I’ve heard pays off investing in. My problem is I’m poor haha, so I need to spend wisely and series ALWAYS cost more than a stand alone 😉

At an author event this title was mentioned and getting praise from several authors who attended a workshop. So when a book is getting a lot of author backing, I’m definitely putting it on my list

Went to a few Stephanie Perkins events that were local for me and she’s name dropped this book tons of times. And I’m a Steph Perkins fan so, SOLD!

 

While this looks like a Top 8 list, it’s really a Top 14 list because I need all the available books in the series to be under my tree along with the first to start me off. #iwillalwaysneedmore

 

Howdy Y’ALL! – the Adventures of YALLFest

So I’m pretty late in posting this, but it’s never too late to gush about book fun!

In 2011, YALLFest was put together as a Young Adult book festival which is over two days celebrating awesome young adult novels and the very authors who write them. Signings as well as areas to grab some awesome swag, authors get together and participate in keynote speeches about the publishing industry, the trends, panels discussing popular themes, and saving best for last a smackdown where all sorts of shenanigans happen where authors interact with audience members hosted by Epic Reads.

I was able to attend the “My True Love Gave to Me” panel that included: Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins (who put the anthology of holiday stories together), Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and also was moderated by E. Lockhart. (like the Mecca of YA on the stage) It was so much fun to hear what inspired the authors to write from holiday memories, insight on the making of the book, and each other’s thoughts on their peer’s stories. 

My True Love Gave to Me panel, Nov.  8,  Charleston Music Hall

My True Love Gave to Me panel, Nov. 8, Charleston Music Hall

While catching a few other panels, the “She’s Kicking It” panel was AMAZING, I was able to get a handful of awesome books (possibly a few more editions too) signed by my favorite authors!

To end the festivities the Epic Reads Smackdown was an absolute blast to watch! Readers and authors got to interact and play games with each other. A really fun bit was when several authors read aloud their first pieces of writing; some when they were very small, first or second graders, some in high school–writing letters about their prose being chosen, short stories, etc. Other authors were wrangled into reading aloud the awkwardly hilarious adult titles of children books (these really were books gone horribly wrong) which all gave the audience a laugh. To end the night, Libba Bray’s band performed awesomely despite her losing her voice earlier in the day, possibly day before? which left the audience rocking out and singing loudly that Holden Caulfield is not an asshole.
Veronica Roth and James Dashner



Not sure if I’ll be able to attend YALLFest 2015 but I had a blast getting to have a great first experience this year in Charleston! And don’t forget to check out YALLWest which is a brand, spanking-new spring version of YALLFest which has expanded to the west coast in Santa Monica! Get ready 2015, you’re gonna be a crazy book year 🙂


Lastly, here are a few quick pics of the pretty places and scenes from Historic Charleston, South Carolina! Put this on your bucket list–you won’t want to miss an opportunity to see the beauty here.

Later y’all, Linz xx The Kid

Calhoun Mansion, parts of The Notebook were filmed here

Calhoun Mansion, parts of The Notebook were filmed here

White Point Garden, Charleston, SC

White Point Garden, Charleston, SC

USS Hobson Naval Memorial in White Point Gardens

USS Hobson Naval Memorial in White Point Gardens

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

 

~ Mustache Questions ~

I was tagged this past weekend by Andi from AndiABCs to answer these questions. (pic passed along with the posting!) Thanks Andi…let’s get to know a little more about me.



  1. Linz
  2. Bones …I made my friend in college call me that because of the TV show, thought it was a badass nickname
  3. Kid
  4. Wags

  1. Create-a-Cake bakery employee …yes I decorated cakes & like a million other desserts
  2. B&N café worker…sadly Starbucks drinks should not be taught during the holiday #almostdied
  3. Marketing Asst…current
  4. Sorta waitress at retirement living home…that was the worst & didn’t last long


(this is SOOO hard because I am a film freak! I watch everything repeatedly!)

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary
  2. The Money Pit
  3. Romeo + Juliet (the Leo version, duh…the ONLY version, lbr)
  4. Shaun of the Dead

  1. Anna and the French Kiss
  2. Attachments
  3. Throne of Glass
  4. Just One Day

  1. Hamden, CT
  2. Northwest NJ area
  3. Philly suburbs
  4. Lehigh Valley PA area

  1. Brooklyn, NY
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. Charleston, SC

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Paris, France
  3. London, England
  4. (stealing Andi’s answer) curled up in bed

  1. Burgers
  2. Meatloaf
  3. Watermelon
  4. Tuna fish

  1. Chicken anything
  2. ‘Shroom burgers (different from above haha)
  3. Stir-fry
  4. MEXICAN ANYTHING!!!

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Once Upon a Time
  3. The Mindy Project
  4. Parks & Rec

  1. ALAMW in Chicago (woohoo! first trip there too!)
  2. Running my half-marathon …and hopefully not dying when I finish
  3. Maybe volunteering at Bonnaroo? (oh the possibilities!)
  4. Pretend I’m cool enough for BEA with others

  1. Lame
  2. Ah-ma-zing (if you’ve watched Happy Endings, Penny says it weird, I copied her)
  3. Legit
  4. Literally

  1. Punkfarie
  2. Artsy Musings
  3. Lauren from Love is not a Triangle
  4. Nicole and/or Ashley from The Quiet Concert

 

So much fun! Can’t wait to see what your answers are 🙂 xx Linz aka The Kid

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Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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December 16: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014 (Overall, By A Particular Genre, 2014 Releases) the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

YAY! I’ve found some time to crack my knuckles and get down to blogging more! Last ditch effort for 2014 where I post as much as I can, or at least try to get ahead. With this list there were some tough decisions on which books really grabbed me. I wanted to keep these as only 2014 releases that were my favorites this year. Even though I beat my Goodreads Challenge by reading 60+ books, there were a handful that actually released last year or previous years. And while I LOVED some of those titles, that list had become too complicated. There also were a few books that continued series, which in my eyes, were just OK reads, I preferred earlier titles than the most released ones so that was difficult to name as well. Lastly, my shelves have a TON of titles that I was very excited to read this year but…for some reason I just hold off. I have this desire to put a book on a pedestal where reading it means it’s over, and then I have nothing to look forward to but a book hangover…which let’s all agree, those kinda suck.

 

                                     

1. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Literally this was a page-turner and I had a million theories on what had happened to Sam to lose her memories! It kept me on the edge of my seat and this isn’t Jenn’s typical sub-genre of writing, she should definitely write more of it!

2. Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

HOOOOO this book! While I loved this book (loved Blue slightly more) it brought the reader back to Cricket’s world and I was more than ready! Like in Lindsey-fashion, I picked up Nantucket Blue, flew through it, and then BAM! threw myself into Nantucket Red and it was the best decision! I love when I can read a series like that. Leila creates one of the best summer atmospheres that a reader can enjoy. The descriptions of food, fun, events, drama, all are perfectly told! Glad I checked this one out.

                                  

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Um….this book was amazing! Now it is a little frustrating if you don’t like love triangles to want to read this. It’s not an official love triangle until a certain part of the novel, but when you turn the last page you scream, NOOOO I NEED MORE LARA JEAN AND PETER!! The story not only with her close-knit family is one that has a sort of spiraling progression and Lara Jean becomes the strong individual she always wanted to be but never knew she could achieve.

4. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Um…cold shower after reading this one 😉 As a girl who grew up playing sports and has recently come into her running career, I understood the mentality of main character Kinsley in having an active lifestyle. While I totally missed out on hooking up with a hottie, playboy athlete it didn’t matter much because Grey surely left little to the imagination! A great new adult read that was worth checking out!

                                  

5. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

This book was really fun to read because what teen girl doesn’t daydream she can get an opportunity like an acting career and gets to star in a book-to-film franchise choosing between two attractive male leads. I mean, what’s a girl to do? But Paige was able to get this chance and I loved reading all about it. Fun fact: the story within the story was actually written and you can buy that in e-book format which is a really cool aspect to the book!

6. Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

LOVED this book! Oh so many good scenes and a great storyline. Sometimes a sports-themed story can get it right and Julie was able to capture that. The coolest thing about it was that the main character’s dad ends up helping real-life team Kansas City Royals. And guess who, after reading this like the week before, was brought to the World Series? The Kansas City Royals! Sadly no Brody exists but readers could pretend he was the hottie on the mound throwing fast balls.

                                  

7. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

While a really fantastic read about determination and strength, this book falls under my hard limit of bullying. I get super emotional reading about mistreatment of persons and unfortunately main character Sam got it from all sides—friends, family, and enemies at a more than tough military academy. Going against tradition of male dominance Sam tries very hard not to falter under the incredible pressure she’s been put under her. As a female reader, I just wanted to go into the book and give her a hug.

8. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

This book was a really interesting read with a bit of a whimsical twist to it. The idea that your subconscious can play tricks on you is fascinating and I think Meg did a brilliant job of executing this. While one of the characters had a kinda ‘meh’ back-story of their sudden anti-social behavior, overall the story was entertaining. Side note: re-creating this book cover for Instagram was a really fun project I came up with.

                                    

9. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Such a fun read and was the happiest I ended up picking this one up at ALAMW! Music, friendship, the occasional boy, and a sense of self-discovery is always a gem to read! As a debut for Emery, I’m really looking forward to her future novels that I know won’t disappoint!

10. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I feel like I really loved reading this book but truly loved it even more after I was able to read the follow-up in the series, The Winner’s Crime. An awesome read and would rec this to anyone and everyone! This year I started diving into more fantasy reads and boy have I not been disappointed. Especially when a kick-ass female lead is getting down to business!